Today is the start of the Chinese New Year and this year is the year of the Rooster. For that reason the prompt today is to make it a good year with a Zentangle drawing inspired by the year of the rooster.
Today we are supposed to leave some white space in our Zentangle drawing. I love to do that. The first tiles I tangled had a lot of white space. I never filled the whole tile. By and by my tangle compositions got busier. I think I am still trying out and it depends on my mood. Today I used a tile which I had spilled on tea last year and decided to tangle only the stain and leave the rest of it white. And I really love it. I am still a supporter for white space:)
The Zentangle ceremony starts with making corner dots and a border. The border is drawn with a pencil, it is a guideline, you can use it and stay within or you just break the border. And because of the ever so lightly pencil stroke, the border gets invisible. It’s magic. But todays prompt is to make the border the star of the tile. So what can I say…I don’t like border 😉 But I tried. I used the tangle hypnotic for my border, and I used it the first time. Wow, I am actually not sure if it is called hypnotic because of its look or because you get hypnotized by drawing this tangle. It made me some kind of dizzy! But it is a fun tangle, I like it! Okay, not as a border, but in other contexts:) When I finished my tile, it looked so weird and “ugly” to me that I think I kinda like it. However I had a good time tangling, and that is what it is about, right?!
is Cyme, a tangle with lots of areas to tangle in. Todays prompt is to choose a tangle and fill the tangle with tangles and I filled my tangle Cyme with lots of different tangles. It was really fun and very mindful.
It’s the Hefty Hack – technique! Materials you need: watersoluble markers like Tombows, a brush and water and also a plastic bag.
Now scribble some color on the plastic bag. Wet parts of your paper with your brush and then place the bag on the water with the color faced down. The colors react with the water. Now the bag can be lifted up and you have your gorgeous watercolor background. Let it completely dry and then tangle.
I used the new Tangle “Drawings”, which was introduced at last years ZenAgain workshop, because on this weeks challenge #299 the Diva asked us to use the new official tangle “Drawings”. You can see the stepouts here.
So I combined the Zenuari’s prompt with the diva’s challenge. The weird thing, if I wouldn’t know that I tangled this, I would believe someone else did, it is totally not the style I am used to tangle and I am not sure if I like it:) But however – isn’t that that the awesome thing about Zentangle – you never no the outcome – and sometimes it really surprises me. Moreover, what will it look like to me in a couple of weeks or month? Isn’t that absolutely fantastic.
So thanks you for visiting my blog and have a relaxed and beautiful Sunday evening
During last years Zengems just popped up in Zentangle-land and they are still immensly popular. So today, we draw Gems. I now that a lot of Tangler love drawing those Zengems and they really look beautiful, but I have to admit, I didn’t had the need so far to draw gems. I guess I don’t want to think to much about light and shadow, which you really have to if those gems look realistic and shiny. But today I tried, and I think they do look like gems, but still, I am not a huge fan of drawing gems. I guess I will rather admire gems by other tanglers:)
Handlettering, is extremely popular at the moment. Handlettering goes very well in combination with Zentangle. So I chose a script-font and tried to reproduce by hand and combine it with Zentangle. I used a Zendala tile, because I wanted the lettering to be like a spiral, which was pretty challenging. In the first Moment, I didn’f know what to think about my finished Zendala, it seemed a little bit to crowded for my eyes, almost a little messy. But now I really love it!
Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love – Rumi
Brand-new is Zentangle inc.’s 3Z tiles, which they introduced at the ZenAgain Worskhop last year. So today’s prompt is to tangle away on a 3Z tile. Which is pretty good for my, because so far I didn’t try out the 3Z’s. Now I have a reason to tangle my first triangular tiles. I just started in the middle and then I was in the flow. It is really great to tangle on those 3Z’s.
Todays prompt is to first to find some stuff around the house and arrange it on the tile. Than trace the shapes with pencil onto the tile and so we have the string! And tangle! I gathered my stuff in the kitchen. A piece from my “kitchen aid”, a spaghetti-fork, a cookie-cutter in starshape und the handle of a fork. So I got an interessting string:)
Today I had a really peaceful and calming tangle evening, enjoying every deliberate stroke and I really went out of my comfort zone and passed the border! Meaning I stuck with the “elegance of limit” and just ignored the “border” of the string.
here you can see my string, you probably can see where I passed the border and where I stayed with the string! I made a wonderful experience tonight with that tile!
Todays challenge is to create a tile with tangles that are new to me.
So I tried for the first time “Loop” by Amelie Liao, CZT, “Diamond Drops” by Janice Sherlock and “Fricle” by Julie Evans, CZT. And if you look a little bit closer, you can see were I wasn’t concentrated drawing “Loop” 😉
The prompt for today is to make a duo-colored Zentangle drawing. I decided to stick with black and added some orange in the background. The whole tile went out a little bit too wild and crowded:) But that’s okay, learning by doing! And I had fun tangeling.
Today I was experimenting with one of my three Tombow Dual Penbrushes. Looking how they act with water in different ways. Me and my Tombow, we had a great time together dancing the Diva Dance. I loved this tangle from the very first moment I saw it. So I had not to think about what tangle to use for a Monotangle.
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It‘s to enjoy each step along the way. Wayne Dyer
The graphite can be an important part of the composition and more than just shading. So we are asked to try this today in our Zentangle drawing. Well, I guess I could have added more graphite, because it still looks more like shadings, I really tried hard but that is all graphite I could do;)
I love drawing Zandalas. There are many possibilties, you can either draw just freehand without a string, which I mostly do, or you can create a string to create a structured Zendala. For this Zendala I used one of the beautiful strings created by Erin Koetz Olson for the Zendala Dare Challenges. I already tangled this Zendala just before christmas as an gift for my parents-in-law as a part of a dream catcher I created.
There are so many beautiful tangles out there. So you can flip through hundreds of tangles before choosing one for your tile. Mostly I do it intuitive, not thinking to much about it. Just looking at a tangle and let my gut feeling decide. But what it also makes a lot more ZEN, just picking a letter and only use tangles with this letter. That is the prompt for todays tangle.
I chose the letter “S”, it is in both of my names and there are a lot of beautiful tangles starting with “S”.
Before tangling for Zenuari, I tangled my three tiles for the “travelling tangles project”, for this Swap we are asked only using tangles we never tangled before. That’s is were I tried Spoolies from Hanny Waldburger, CZT, it was so much fun, that I had to use it again. Actually I used also only new tangles on this tile. “Sea Wave”, “Sinchun”, “Spoolies” and “Spwan”. All tangles I will definitely use again.